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What Is Mold Testing?

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A Quick Guide To Mold Testing

Mold testing is all about identifying whether mold exists in a specific area. Either the air or the surface is tested for the presence of mold. How does this process actually take place? Below is a quick guide.

Mold Testing For The Air

The most common way to take an air sample is using a spore trap. These traps pass a set volume of air against a sticky surface. The lab which analyses the spore trap will apply stains which are absorbed by mold spores. This will then show up how much mold is present, as well as the types of mold spores.

Mold Testing For Surfaces

There are a number of ways that surface samples can be taken to see whether mold exists. For example a tape sample may be used. In this test a piece of clear tape is pressed tightly against the surface. The tape is then removed and sent away for testing. If mold is present the clear tape would likely have picked it up, allowing the lab to identify it.

Swab samples is another option for testing for mold on surfaces. A product very similar to a cotton swab is rubbed over the surface and sent off to a lab for testing. Normally the swab is rubbed over a set measurement of the surface so as to give an accurate result.

Finally, a bulk sample may be used to test for mold. This test is a little more drastic than the two outlined above. In a bulk sample a piece of the area is removed and sent away to the lab for testing.

Of course, the type of mold test which is right for your needs will much depend on your specific situation. A specialist team will be able to analyse your situation and advise you on the best course of action to take.

If you have a problem with mold, it can be easy to procrastinate and hope that the situation will go away by itself, or at least that it won’t get any worse. However, this is one of the worse things that you can do. A mold problem can quickly get out of control and cause damage which is hard to rectify. By identifying a mold problem when it is still in an early stage you stand a much better chance of correcting the problem without too much time, effort and expense.

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What Is Mold Testing?
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A Quick Guide To Mold Testing Mold testing is all about identifying whether mold exists in a specific area. Either the air or the surface is tested for the presence of mold. How does this process actually take place? Below is a quick guide. Mold Testing For The Air The most common way to take an air sample is using a spore trap. These traps pass a set volume of air against a sticky surface. The lab which analyses the spore trap will apply stains which are absorbed by mold spores. This will then show up how much mold is present, as well as the types of mold spores. Mold Testing For Surfaces There are a number of ways that surface samples can be taken to see whether mold exists. For example a tape sample may be used. In this test a piece of clear tape is pressed tightly against the surface. The tape is then removed and sent away for testing. If mold is present the clear tape would likely have picked it up, allowing the lab to identify it. Swab samples is another option for testing for mold on surfaces. A product very similar to a cotton swab is rubbed over the surface and sent off to a lab for testing. Normally the swab is rubbed over a set measurement of the surface so as to give an accurate result. Finally, a bulk sample may be used to test for mold. This test is a little more drastic than the two outlined above. In a bulk sample a piece of the area is removed and sent away to the lab for testing. Of course, the type of mold test which is right for your needs will much depend on your specific situation. A specialist team will be able to analyse your situation and advise you on the best course of action to take. If you have a problem with mold, it can be easy to procrastinate and hope that the situation will go away by itself, or at least that it won't get any worse. However, this is one of the worse things that you can do. A mold problem can quickly get out of control and cause damage which is hard to rectify. By identifying a mold problem when it is still in an early stage you stand a much better chance of correcting the problem without too much time, effort and expense.
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